Update: Funeral arrangements announced for Cavan murder-suicide victims

Update: Funeral arrangements announced for Cavan murder-suicide victims
Alan Hawe

Update 4pm: Funeral arrangements for the Hawe Family have been announced.

The remains of the family of five will repose at Finnegan's Funeral Home in Cavan Town from 3pm to 8pm on Friday.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday at 4pm in Saint Mary's Church, Castlerahan in County Cavan.

The funeral service has been reserved for family, loved ones and parishioners.

Earlier: By Joyce Fegan and Cormac O’Keeffe

Gardaí are investigating a possible confession note left by Alan Hawe, 40, at the scene of the Cavan murder-suicide.

Gardaí are also working on the basis that the murders of his wife Clodagh, 39, and three children Liam, 13, Niall, 11 and Ryan, 6, were “planned”.

“An envelope has been found in the house that is believed to be very relevant to the case,” a Garda source confirmed to the Irish Examiner.

The envelope, which was found yesterday, was sent immediately to the Technical Bureau headquarters in Dublin for forensic examination.

Once opened, a working copy of the note is expected to be provided to the investigation team in Ballyjamesduff. It is believed the envelope was marked to be opened only by relatives.

Gardaí also suspect that Mr Hawe, a deputy school principal in Castlerahan National School, planned the murders, which occurred sometime around the early hours of Monday morning.

“He sat down and planned this: it was not blind rage,” said a source.

It is believed that Mr Hawe killed his wife first and then killed his three children, who were asleep at the time.

Hearses carry the remains from the scene at Cavan
Hearses carry the remains from the scene at Cavan

Ms Hawe, who was a primary school teacher in Oristown NS in Kells, was due to return to work this week, as was her husband.

Clodagh Hawe.
Clodagh Hawe.

The family were seen at the local GAA club on Sunday and neighbours in the community said that nothing was amiss.

“It’s just a bombshell. To the outside eye, [there were] absolutely no problems. The house was bought 15 years ago before boom times, probably pretty reasonably, two teacher jobs. You couldn’t see anything in that line,” neighbour and friend Larry McGinn told the Irish Examiner.

He described how Mr Hawe collected money at the gate of the club on Sunday and how he texted him to organise a meeting that was planned for last night.

“If anything went wrong in the community Alan would be on-hand to help out. It’s too sad to even imagine what went on.

“The family were just salt of the earth, a beautiful family and Clodagh was a beautiful person. The kids were involved in church events, community events, and they were just lovely,” Mr McGinn said.

The parents were readers at Mass and the children were all altar servers.

Two scheduled Masses were cancelled yesterday morning and the opening of Mr Hawe’s school was delayed even though it was open for parents, teachers and children to meet in.

Mr McGinn said he was not aware of any health issues Mr Hawe may have had.

“I couldn’t actually imagine asking him if he had any problems. He was always absolutely on the button,” he said.

Alan Hawe with the couple's three sons.
Alan Hawe with the couple's three sons.

For any children looking for support, they can contact Childline:

By phone: Children and young people can contact Childline’s 24 hour phone service by phoning 1800 666666.

By text: Text the word: ‘talk’ to 50101 (service available from 10pm to 4am)

Live online chat: Available from 10am to 4am, live chat on Childline.ie

Via the web: You will find various items of support and advice for children and parents on ispcc.ie and childline.ie.

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